After a warm winter, the 2016 growing season started with an early bud break in a similar pattern to the three preceding years. The amount of rainfall in the winter and spring however, was well above what came down in recent years. Between November 2015 and April 2016, we received an average annual rainfall amount of 30 inches. This lead to a vigorous spring and summer in the vineyards. After experiencing several heat waves early in the summer, the heat during the month of August and the first half of September was more moderate, allowing for even and extended berry maturity and ripening. Several heat spikes in the latter half of September propelled a very concentrated and intense harvest period with the majority of our grapes coming in within a three-week span.
Pale wheat in hue, the wine offers delicate aromas displaying the spectrum of citrus from yellow to green, as well as apple blossom and marzipan tinged with a shade of salinity. Notes of gooseberry, green apple and kaffir lime emerge on the palate. Focused and fine, the wine has crisp energy and great length. Crafted to be enjoyed in its youth, drink between six months to two years after release.